Each year the C&O Canal National Historical Park offers a variety of ranger-led programs and visitor activities throughout the park. Please review the following information for a summary of activities and programs by park location.
Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center (301-767-3714)
11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD 20854
· Canal Boat Trips & Meet the Mules
Canal boat trips and Meet the Mules are offered spring, summer and fall months only. Contact the Great Falls Visitor Center for additional information.
· Ranger Led Walking Tour and Lock Demonstration
Every Thursday through this summer, come join one of our rangers for a working lock demonstration or a walking tour of the Great Falls area and learn about the history and natural environment of this special place. The walking tour departs at 11:00AM and lasts approximately 60 to 90 minutes. Participants should bring water to drink and wear comfortable shoes. The lock demonstration occurs at 2:30 PM; both walking tour and lock demonstration meet at the Great Falls Tavern. Contact the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center for additional information.
Williamsport Visitor Center
205 W. Potomac St., Williamsport, MD
• Canal Launch Boat Programs
Paw Paw Tunnel ToursOffered Memorial Day - Labor Day. This hour long program includes a ranger led boat program from the Cushwa Basin to Lock 44 and back. Please call the Visitor Center for more information.• Lockhouse 44Learn about lock keepers and participate in a lock demonstration. Hours vary. Memorial to Labor Day. Inquire at the visitor center for more information. Call 301-582-0813 for more information.